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Cameron gives the hard sell on EU membership

Emma Reynolds MP  |  23 February 2016

There was a strange dynamic in the House of Commons chamber yesterday afternoon. A prime minister, who has consistently called himself a Eurosceptic, doing the hard sell on British membership of the European Union. Flanked by a recent pro-European convert, Theresa May, and the earliest ‘outer’ in his Cabinet, Chris Grayling, who deliberately left enough …

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New year blues

Mary Creagh MP  |  1 February 2016

The first month of the year was bad for Labour but for the country was made worse by the Tories, argues Mary Creagh January 2016 marked the beginning of the first full year of majority Conservative government for two decades. Its slim electoral mandate has not prevented it from carrying out a swingeing assault on tax credits and …

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Labour must lead in making the positive case for Europe

Christabel Cooper  |  5 October 2015

There are many uncertainties facing Labour at the moment, but we now know that one of them will not be the party’s position on the European Union referendum. At the Labour Movement for Europe rally in Brighton, there was a sense of elated relief that Labour will definitely be campaigning to remain in the EU …

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Where is the kerosene?

Mike Katz  |  13 August 2015

‘Where is the kerosene?’ was the question posed at a Q&A session with Liz Kendall I attended a couple of days ago. What the questioner wanted to know from her moderate, centre-left platform was going to light up our imagination and put fire in our bellies – suggesting that ‘sound public finances’ as a rallying …

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Only Labour can make the case for Britain in Europe

Kevin Peel  |  5 December 2014

With the Tories dancing to the United Kingdom Independence party’s tune and the Liberal Democrats losing deposits in virtually every by-election of this parliament, only Labour can make the bold, progressive case for Britain’s future at the heart of Europe – and we must urgently rise to the challenge. The debate on British membership of …

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Follow the money to Fifa

John McTernan  |  14 November 2014

If anyone wanted any further evidence about what a dodgy organisation FIFA is then the enquiry by Michael Garcia surely supplies it. The FA cooperates with it and gets slammed for its pains. The Russian FA stonewalls and gets no criticism. Meanwhile, we are none the wiser as to why the bidding process was foreshortened …

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Coming down the track

The Insider  |  4 November 2014

Scottish or not, it was easy to distinguish Labour members of parliament returning to Westminster from rays of sunshine. A conference kindest described as definitely not triumphal, underwhelming polls and a close-run thing in Heywood and Middleton cast a pall over the new parliamentary term. Auguries of hard times were easy to find. As predicted …

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After Heywood

Deborah Mattinson  |  29 October 2014

Labour must learn why it has lost so many voters, especially men, argues Deborah Mattinson Labour suffered what one shadow cabinet member described as a ‘near-death experience’ in Heywood and Middleton last month. Had the worst actually happened then maybe something would have changed. Instead, general election coordinator Douglas Alexander was insistent that no change …

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History in the making

Stephen Twigg MP  |  26 February 2014

Collins helps make Labour fit for the 21st century I attended my first Labour party annual conference 30 years ago. I was the 17-year-old delegate from Enfield Southgate CLP, conference was in Blackpool, and Neil Kinnock had been party leader for just a year. At that conference, he proposed the adoption of One Member, One …

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The myth of the modern Labour party

Stephen Bush  |  25 February 2014

If Clement Attlee was so great, then why is This Boy so sad? Alan Johnson’s memoir – out in paperback later this week – is a book of almost unbearable sorrow. Reading it was like unpacking a series of heavy crates; I kept having to stop and take a breath every few pages. Billed as …

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